If recent years are any indication, Texas is starting to get the world’s attention when it comes to quality craft beer. In recent years, Texas breweries have won multiple awards in competitions such as the U.S. Open Beer Championships, the World Beer Cup and of course the Great American Beer festival. This year’s results show that Texas is still on the rise.
In total, 242 breweries nationwide took medals this year. Of that 242, 14 Texas breweries took home 15 medals. 9 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze.
– ‘Rocket 100’ The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. Austin TX for American-Style or International-Style Pilsener
– ‘Vintage Monks’ Adelbert’s Brewery Austin TX for Belgian- and French-Style Ale.
– (512) Wild Bear (512) Brewing Co. Austin TX for Brett Beer.
– The Regulator Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Fort Worth TX for German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock
– Oktoberfest Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Fort Worth TX for German-Style Märzen
– Lobo Negro Pedernales Brewing Co. Fredericksburg TX for German-Style Schwarzbier
– Saint Arnold Weedwacker Saint Arnold Brewing Co. Houston TX for German-Style Wheat Ale
– Recalcitrant Dockhand Black Star Co-op Austin TX for Robust Porter
– BJ’s LightSwitch Lager BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Temple Temple TX for Session Beer
– Sasquatch 2014 903 Brewers Sherman TX for Aged Beer.
– Karbachtoberfest Karbach Brewing Co. Houston TX for American-Style Amber Lager.
– Rapture Fusion Brown Ale Rabbit Hole Brewing Justin TX for American-Style Brown Ale.
– Allergeez Panther Island Brewing Co. Fort Worth TX for Herb and Spice Beer
– Real Heavy Real Ale Brewing Co. Blanco TX for Scotch Ale
– Barrel Aged Brown Ale Twin Peaks Brewery Irving TX for Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
The competition, in its 29th year, is presented by the Brewers Association, the trade organization that represents the small and independent breweries in the United States. It is the largest commercial beer competition in the world.
Almost immediately after the awards ceremony was over, the Brewers Association announced via their website “Award-winning brewers received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 92 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles (including all subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the country. Winners were chosen from 6,647 competition entries (20 percent more than in 2014) from 1,552 breweries hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.
This year’s GABF competition saw its biggest panel of judges ever, with 242 beer experts from 15 countries, including the U.S., and 155 competition volunteers. The panel also evaluated 91 Pro-Am entries.”
That’s quite an achievement for Texas breweries considering the number of entries. Not bad at all for a state still viewed as a macro beer drinking state.